doi: 10.5195/tlp.2012.95

RISING TOWARD APOTHEOSIS: THE DECONSTRUCTION OF THE WSIS TUNIS AGENDA FOR THE INFORMATION SOCIETY

Roy Balleste

Abstract


The Tunis Agenda for the Information Society belongs in the realm of the few, but very important documents, that promote human reason, human rights and international law. Human rights concepts may be identified within the document as a social achievement of progression toward a common good. This progression toward an apotheosis represents a reminder that the world community must apply human rights standards to any accepted model for the management of the Internet, and yet, as we examine the entire "social process" and potential obstacles to the realization of the goals enshrined in the Tunis Agenda, we uncover the root of its message. These obstacles, within the Tunis Agenda, must be tackled within the context of a "geographical, political, religious, or intellectual" divide, and must be addressed as challenges, that impede the "path of human interaction" toward the effective "imagination of alternatives" and the potential for the arrangement of a workable road map that aims at approximating "a public order of human dignity, maximizing access to all things humans value."

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